Billboard #1 Hits: #395: ” Welcome Back”- John Sebastian. May 6, 1976. #1 for 1 week in the Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Welcome Back”- John Sebastian
- Record Company-Reprise
- Genre: Pop
- Written by John Sebastian
- Time: 2:51
- B-side:”Warm Baby”
- Album- Welcome Back
- Grade: B-
- Peaked at #1 1 week in the Billboard Hot 100.
The theme to the television show “Welcome Back, Kotter” which premiered in the fall of 1975. The producer Alan Sachs wanted a Lovin’ Spoonful type song to be the theme so they called on the man himself- John Sebastian to write the theme. He wrote the song on the story of the teacher coming back to where he grew up. The show was originally going to be called just Kotter- but they liked the song so much they renamed it “Welcome Back, Kotter.” The show started out strong but soon faded- lasting four seasons. At the time I was a teenager- and watched for a couple seasons before losing interest in it- and in viewing a few episodes in recent years- the show doesn’t in my humble opinion hold up too well.